SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016

Last Ebola virus transmission chain announced in Sierra Leone

Last Ebola virus transmission chain announced in Sierra Leone. | Courtesy of sciencedaily.com

Health professionals recently announced that an entire epidemiological week has passed without any new Ebola cases in Sierra Leone, which is the first time this has happened since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak.

This success is attributed to the use of community involvement and rapid response teams. These team players were involved in locating contacts and cases of Ebola virus.

Now health officials have progressed to phase 3 of the Ebola response. This means that healthcare workers will now concentrate on finding every chain of the Ebola virus transmission. This process allows health professionals to eliminate the remaining chains efficiently and quickly.

Tracking these chains of transmissions involves locating each person who has been exposed to someone who was infected with the virus. Every person with exposure must be monitored for 21 days to determine if there are any Ebola symptoms. If they do show symptoms, they must be quickly moved to a treatment center.

There is just one currently active chain of transmission in Sierra Leone. It began in Freetown but also caused a small group of cases in Tokolili, which is located in the country’s northern area.

"This is very good news, but we have to keep doing this intensive working with communities to identify potential new cases early and to rapidly stop any Ebola virus transmission," Dr. Anders Nordstrom, WHO representative in Sierra Leone, said.

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